Why can't we play music through the Apple Watch Speaker?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by 212rikanmofo, Jul 19, 2019.

  1. 212rikanmofo macrumors 68000

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    Siri works and facetime audio calls work over the built-in speaker, so why can't we listen to our music? Makes no sense. I would love to be able to do this. Especially during work, where they don't allow us to bring out phones inside.
     
  2. Closingracer macrumors 68040

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    So get a pair of AirPods and use them with your watch ?
     
  3. Shirasaki macrumors G3

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    If you ever use Apple Watch to answer the phone call for a while, you should be able to understand why Apple does not want people listen to music through Apple Watch speaker: its volume is still fairly low, compared with iPhone or iPad. Any reasonable level of noise will cover up the sound from Apple Watch. The experience is simply not good.
     
  4. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    Listening to music through the Apple Watch would be very much like listening to an old AM radio.
     
  5. waw74 macrumors 68040

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    because it would sound like (smiley poo emoji)

    (sad face emoji) for not being able to use emoji here
     
  6. matrix07 macrumors 601

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    This first comment is a winner.
     
  7. rgyiv macrumors regular

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    I understand and agree with all of the comments above, but I still think it's silly it's not even an option. If it's turned off due to quality control, heck, I'd even click through a prompt every time that says "Please note: sound quality may not be ideal, please use AirPods or compatible headphones"
     
  8. techno-Zen macrumors 6502a

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    I'd be all for podcasts though, music.. not so much
     
  9. matrix07 macrumors 601

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    Guys.. if you really need it just bought a cheap 2nd hand 1st gen AirPods and the problem solved. You can even use it with your iPhone as well.
    Using watch speaker will take a heavy toll on watch battery.
     
  10. 212rikanmofo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thing is I can't wear any type of headphones, ear phones while working inside a distribution center. It's against the policy. Which is why I wanted to be able to listen to it directly from the watch. I already own AirPods.
     
  11. iPhysicist macrumors 65816

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    Maybe they don’t want you to listening music at all during work hours?
     
  12. Solver macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, Apple could fully enable the Apple Watch speaker and also sell a sling so you can stylishly tie your forearm against your ear.
     
  13. iPhysicist macrumors 65816

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    No sling dude - but they could sell a dongle that enables the ability to a attach a sling.
     
  14. ftaok macrumors 603

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    You could get a cheap BT speaker and pair the AW to it.
     
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    I imagine it wouldn't do the battery much good. A shame though as I'm currently using a Galaxy Watch, which can play music through the built in speaker, and for what it is the sound is pretty good. Handy for times when you want to hear some music and don't have wireless headphones or a phone at hand.
     
  18. iPhysicist macrumors 65816

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    ...handy for times you want to annoy other people with music they don't want to hear and you don't have that boombox or phone at hand.
     
  19. spooklog macrumors regular

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    I agree with you that it is an omission by Apple. The tiny speaker in the Apple Watch 4 is incredibly efficient. I remember the first time I answered a call using the watch: Without thinking I put the watch near my ear, but the caller was so loud it was literally painful. The speaker is excellent in conditions like driving with the window down, crowded spaces and so on.
     

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